1 Punjab is the only state where BJP's vote share has consistently fallen under Narendra Modi. 2 It's the only state outside the South where Modi has a negative approval rating. Welcome to India's only truly "Modi-mukt" state.: Aditya Menon
Punjab has been a bit of an enigma in Indian politics. It went against the Modi wave in 2014 as well as the Congress surge in 2009. Politics here is localised. And given that a handful of families - Badals, Kairons, Majithias, Brars and the Patiala royal family - wield disproportionate clout, there is a deep clamour for change in the state.
But a common trend in Punjab’s politics is the people’s distrust of authoritarian leaders. This is as true today as it was centuries ago. Be it Alexander or Aurangzeb, Indira Gandhi or Modi, Punjab has consistently resisted authoritarian leaders.
Under Modi, BJP Has Declined in Punjab
Let’s restrict ourselves to Punjab’s relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In 2014, every state in India felt the Modi wave. It’s not just the BJP’s sweep of the Hindi heartland and Western India. The party’s vote share increased even in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Assam.